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Numbers, Rhyming Words, and Fun With Cats and Dogs in Set of Picture Books for Early Learning

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Can You Count to 100?

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Kitties, Counting, and Rhyming Words for Early Learning

Parents who engage their young learners with beginning number skills and language skills will want to add Michael Whaite's 100 Cats Cute Kitties to Count to their child's book shelf. Counting to 100 is a beginning skill for a child's introduction to numbers. Rhyming words is a language skill that helps a child with learning word patterns, listening to words read aloud, and phonics.

The cartoon-like illustrations of the kitties engage the child in learning to recognize differences and characteristics that make the cats alike. The rhyming words are set in dark black print for ease in capturing the child's attention when listening to the text being read. Each page has a different number of cats that are featured in the illustration. How about these kitties that are Sitting, Spitting, and Knitting? The cats come in all sizes which presents another skill for early learners to grasp. Whaite features all of the 100 cats on a final page of the book. He invites the young reader to choose a cat that resembles a cat that they might have at home.

100 Cats Cute Kitties to Count was published by Random House and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-30833-2.

Can You Count 100 Kitties and Rhyme the Words?

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100 Dogs Playful Pups to Count

Michael Whaite's 100 Dogs Playful Pups to Count comes along with his 100 cats to add more counting and rhyming words to early education skills. The illustrations are also cartoon-like and the dogs come in a variety of sizes and breeds. The rhyming words from the text are also highlighted in heavy black print. How about the Pug

dog, Snug dog chewing on the Rug dog?

There is a different number of dogs featured on each page and they all end at the end of the story as 100 dogs. Whaite invites the young learner to choose the dog on the last page that most resembles a dog that they might have at home.

100 Dogs Playful Pups to Count was published by Random House and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-30830-1.

Can You Count the 100 Dogs?

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Early Math and Language Activities With 100 Dogs and 100 Cats

These two early learning books offer a wealth of activities to add to the fun of learning to count with these cute kitties and dogs. The language skills of rhyming words and phonics can also be part of the learning.

*Read each in a story time session. Count the cats and dogs on each page as you read. There is a different number of the dogs and cats on each page. The total will add up to 100 when you reach the end of each story.

*Call attention to the rhyming words in heavy black print. Encourage your young reader to repeat the pairs of rhyming words. Young readers enjoy a clapping game with rhyming words. As you read the entire text on each page, engage your young reader in clapping when they hear the rhyming pairs. Listening to rhyming words in pairs helps young children with listening skills. If your young reader is already reading, encourage them to pay attention to the letters that make the rhyming words look similar. This skill teaches phonics recognition and encourages spelling skills.

*Provide an activity for children to notice the differences in the dogs and cats in each book. This encourages young readers to improve their skills in observation and describing.

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw their favorite dog and cat.

*Provide a writing activity for children to practice phonics skills by copying the rhyming words from the book of choice. Have them circle the similar letters in the rhyming pairs of words.

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